Rosario’s other Barcelona No.10: ‘Ecuadorian Messi’ Diaz driving South American minnows towards Libertadores glory

The 35-year-old has become a legend at the Catalans’ Guayaquil-based namesakes, and now faces a daunting semi-final challenge against Flamengo Even if it is only an outside possibility, glory¬†might just be on the horizon for Barcelona this year.

Inspired by the performances of their Rosario-born idol at No.10, the club are just three games from being crowned continental champions after a stirring campaign.

No, we have not slipped into a parallel universe. Nor is the above paragraph the fan fiction of a fevered Catalan’s pen.